During a 24-hour period over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, State Patrol troopers say they arrested 43 drunks behind the wheel – and the strangest case was a woman busted for blocking the King County Jail entrance.
Just before 2 a.m. on March 18, a trooper trying to get into the jail entrance saw it was blocked by a Dodge Stratus. Realizing it was not an unmarked police vehicle, the trooper contacted the 26-year-old Des Moines woman driving. The woman said her cell phone dropped and she pulled in the driveway to look for it.
She didn’t realize she was blocking the jail entrance.
The trooper recognized signs of possible intoxication and performed an investigation for DUI eventually placing the driver in custody.
Troopers say drunks had many driving issues on King County roads that weekend, including wrong-way drivers and people who blew through traffic signs.
The State Patrol had an extra emphasis during St. Patrick’s day weekend as part of Target Zero, an anti drunken driving effort funded in part by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
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